Why you’ll love this marinade for grilled vegetables

  • There’s nothing better than fresh veggies on the grill tossed with a delicious, tangy sauce.
  • You can use any vegetables you have on hand that you feel like grilling.
  • It’s a simple recipe, just chop up the veggies, grill them and toss everything in the marinade.
  • You get the most flavor when you pour the marinade over the veggies after grilling, as they soak up more flavor.

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How to make the grilled vegetable marinade

We love simple and healthy sauces, marinades and dressings. Here’s what you’ll need for this one:

  1. Olive oil
  2. Balsamic vinegar
  3. Garlic powder
  4. Dried basil
  5. Lemon juice

Just mix these ingredients with a little salt and pepper and you have a delicious dressing for your grilled vegetables.

PRO TIP: Toss your vegetables in the marinade AFTER grilling. Cooked vegetables absorb the flavors much better than raw.

Step-by-step visual instructions

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and chop up all the vegetables.
Add the veggies directly to the grill or put them on grill pans to cook.
While the veggies cook, mix up the vegetable marinade.
When the veggies are cooked, carefully transfer them to a bowl.
Pour the marinade all over the hot veggies.
Toss to coat, and let the veggies sit for 5 minutes to absorb the marinade.

Tips for grilling vegetables

I’ve provided a combination of vegetables in the recipe card, but you can really grill any veggie you want. Here are some grilling tips:

  • Cut the veggies into large pieces (large enough so they don’t fall through the grill grate)
  • Alternatively, you can cut the veggies smaller and use a grill pan or grill basket to place them on the grill
  • Don’t overcook them – A lot of vegetables will get soft and mushy when overcooked
  • Toss with a little oil and salt and pepper before grilling, then use the marinade dressing after grilling for the best flavor

But what if I don’t have a grill?

No grill? No problem! Just place the veggies on a sheet pan and roast at 400° Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes. Follow the other instructions as noted and just toss the veggies in the marinade after they are cooked.

If you don’t have a grill or don’t feel like heating up your grill this is a great option. It is also an easy way to clean out your fridge and do some healthy meal prep over the weekend.

What to serve with healthy grilled vegetables

We are big meat eaters and love grilling, so we usually pair these veggies with some sort of steak or chicken. They go great with:

Some other options for serving these vegetables are:

  • As a side for any leftover protein
  • As part of a appetizer platter (they are great cold the next day)
  • Tossed with some pasta
  • Spooned over some toasted bread
  • Added to some scrambled eggs

We hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

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Grilled vegetable marinade tossed with grilled veggies in a bowl.
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Healthy Grilled Vegetable Marinade

This healthy marinade for grilled vegetables uses balsamic vinegar in place of sugar. Marinate the veggies after grilling for best results, they'll soak up more flavor. Use this for any grilled veggies!


For the veggies:

  • 1 medium zucchini, – sliced into bite sized pieces
  • 1 red onion, – sliced into rings
  • 1 bell pepper, – top and seeds removed and sliced into strips
  • 1 cup mushrooms, – halved
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 eggplant, – sliced into bite sized pieces

For the vegetable marinade:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • Grill


  • Chop up all of the vegetables and heat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • Mix the marinade ingredients in a bowl or jar and set aside.
  • Place vegetables in a large bowl or on a sheet pan if you're putting them directly on the grill grates. If desired, use a grill pan to help prevent the veggies from falling through the grill.
  • Place veggies on the grill to cook, about 6-8 minutes per side. You want the veggies to get a nice char from the grill, but pull them off before they get too soft.
  • Remove veggies from the grill and place them in a bowl. Pour the marinade over the veggies and gently toss to coat.
  • Allow the veggies to sit for 5 minutes to soak up the flavors. Serve and enjoy.

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